Veteran broadcaster and the man who for many was the voice of Country Calendar, Frank Torley, has died.
Frank retired as the narrator on Country Calendar in February because of problems with his vocal cords. . .
Frank helped on his uncle’s farm as a teenager and was employed as a stock and station agent.
In addition to his broadcasting career, Frank was a small-scale kiwifruit orchardist in the 1980s.
He also owned a lifestyle block in Rangitikei.
Frank was committed to the craft of television. He loved words, his family said.
“He’d be on the road shooting stories, then spend hours in his home office tapping out scripts on his computer or setting up the next story over the phone.” . .
The news comes just weeks after the well-loved New Zealand farming series turned 50 years.
After working on farms in his earlier years, Frank he joined a stock firm.
He was plucked from the Feilding saleyards to join the NZBC as a rural broadcaster.
That eventually led to a job on Country Calendar. He has remained with the show ever since.
Frank became producer in the early 1980s, a role he continued until 2006.
He then went back to his first love: back on the road directing programmes.
In 2014 and 2015, he narrated all the Country Calendar episodes.
He as a wonderful broadcaster.
He made country life and work accessible and interesting to people who never stepped foot on a farm without dumbing-down the subject.
In doing so he made a significant contribution to bridging the rural-urban divide.